Chapter 9

Understanding the situational awareness in cybercrimes

case studies

Eleanor Lockley; Babak Akhgar

Abstract

Situational understanding and attack attribution of cybercrimes is one of the key problems defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2009) for cyber security research. In particular, situational understanding is critical for a number of reasons: improved systems security; improved defense against future attacks; attack attribution; identification of potential threats; improved situational awareness. This paper shows that a clearer understanding of the motivations and intentions behind cybercrimes/cyber terrorism can lead to clearer situational understanding and awareness. Five pertinent real-life scenarios are considered ...

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